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DIY one pot meals to prevent that Freshman 15

College students get a bad rap for eating food that is unhealthy and bad for them. But you can fight that stereotype by creating some good-for-you, one pot meals.

Find out how to add one pot meals to your list of recipes. (Credit: Apron Strings)

Find out how to add one pot meals to your list of recipes. (Credit: Apron Strings)

Having a healthy diet is something that will only help you succeed in college. Read more

Body image talk: Stop worrying and learn to love your body

Recently I saw singer LeAnn Rimes on the Doctor Oz show talking about her struggles with her body image and how she has been the victim of body shaming. Wow! I never would have thought that someone so talented and good-looking would have a problem with self image.

Show yourself some love with a positive body image. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Show yourself some love with a positive body image. (Credit: Huffington Post)

But even my hero, Amy Schumer, has gone public about her own struggles. So if your Freshman 15 is still hanging around during your junior year (I’m with you, girl!) we should talk about body image issues. Read more

Should I avoid that chocolate or not?

It hit the news this week: consumer advocate group As You Sow released a survey that chocolate has more lead content than recommended. In fact, they said the lead in chocolate is nine times the amount considered safe by California law. Looking at the pile of empty candy wrappers on the corner of my desk, I’m not feeling great about this news.

Will lead in chocolate keep you from eating it? (Credit: Cooperative Home Care)

Will lead in chocolate keep you from eating it? (Credit: Cooperative Home Care)

Then again, there are a bunch of studies supporting the health benefits of chocolate, particularly the dark blends. Is chocolate good for you? Check out these recent news articles and decide for yourself if chocolate is a good way to improve your mood—or if it’s just going to add to that freshman 15 you’ve been trying to avoid… Read more

Freshman 15 — Is it an urban myth?

I always hear about it in college, but we never discuss it. Maybe we think if we don’t say it out loud it won’t happen to us. And what is it? The dreaded “freshman 15.” It seems that sudden weight gain you can’t quite shake has always been there.

Do you think the freshman 15 is an urban myth? (Credit: Tony Champagne, The Times-Picayune)

Do you think the freshman 15 is an urban myth? (Credit: Tony Champagne, The Times-Picayune)

But believe it or not, the freshman 15 turns out to be an urban myth, according to new research out of Ohio State University. Read more

College = FREEDOM!!

Once you’re in college you’re free! Free to stay up till the break of dawn and experience new things! With freedom can come the unwanted. An extra 15 lbs., credit card debt or academic probation. But how can you enjoy the freedom without the negatives?

I have compiled five helpful CengageBrain articles to help you stay free of freedom’s negative consequences. To view the full article, click on the article title. Read more

Keep off the freshman 15: Eat right on campus

The freshman 15. It’s an ominous way to refer to those extra pounds you pack on as you start your college career. But no one is immune to weight gain, and it can be a challenge to eat right on campus.

Good eating habits will help keep the freshman 15 away. (Credit: Daina S Winters)

Good eating habits will help keep the freshman 15 away. (Credit: Daina S Winters)

You canand should!exercise on campus, and you can check out tips from Ginny Gaylor in “DIY workout–how to start an exercise program” or Bessie Mazur in “DIY fitness tips for college students,” both on CengageBrain, to help you get started there. For DIY tips on healthy eating and keeping off the freshman 15, check out these hints, including the benefits of dark chocolate and some quick Greek yogurt nutrition facts. Read more

7 embarrassing signs you’re a college freshman

Ah, freshman year! The hassles of campus life, college dorms, coping with stress and the dreaded Freshman 15. This article will help college freshmen learn to recognize those embarrassing signs that you’re new to all this college stuff and offer tips to adjust to college life and achieve student success.

With a little help, you won't look like the typical college freshman. (Credit: Tessa Lighty, kykernel.com)

With a little help, you won’t look like the typical college freshman. (Credit: Tessa Lighty, kykernel.com)

1. You have way (WAY!) too much stuff

Don’t bring a U-Haul full of stuff for a small dorm room. Read more

Freshman 15 facts for college students

Heading off to college is an exciting time for freshmen all around. You’ll be entering a new and different environment than what you were used to in high school. This can be both a good and bad thing.

There are many ways college students can combat the Freshman 15. (Credit: LTCL)

There are many ways college students can combat the Freshman 15. (Credit: LTCL)

When I was in high school, I had a very structured, consistent schedule that I maintained. College, on the other hand, was another story. I wasn’t quite as active as I was in high school, yet I still thought I could get away with eating whatever I wanted in the buffet style dining hall in my dorm – boy, was I wrong! Here’s why I’d like to share some knowledge about what you should know about the dreaded “Freshman 15.” Read more